Prima (the Ballerina) is an adventurous young girl with a wonderful imagination, a curious nature, and a big heart. She finds the dance in every movement, the games in everyday activities, and the joy that comes from self expression.
Nikki & Ethan White are professional ballet dancers who were one of the Top 3 Finalists on Paula Abdul’s CBS Show ‘Live to Dance’. Before the show they danced as principal dancers with professional ballet companies in the San Francisco Bay Area for 10+ years. They are known as ‘White Tree Fine Art‘ and Nikki is known for her Dance Video Blog ‘Ask a Ballerina‘.
Nikki White wrote this book as a fun children’s book but it’s also a teachers guide. The games in the book can be used as dance exercises in a ballet class, elementary school class, library reading, or during playtime at home. Nikki’s husband Ethan illustrated the book, making Prima out of clay with fully articulating joints that allow her to have the same range of motion as a real dancer.
She demonstrates functional alignment and ideal ballet positions. Photos were taken of her and separate background shots before being meticulously pieced together. This first book has characters which are handmade, drawn, and computer-generated giving it many layers. We hope this will encourage children to create their own clay Prima dolls, sock puppet snakes, or draw their own characters.
There is also an accompanying CD with detailed instructions on how to utilize all the games and put them to music.
Hardcover Book also available for purchase on AMAZON